Managing stress and negative emotions, strengthening beliefs, forming new healthy habits are keys to living life to the fullest. You have all of the tools you need to make this a reality and don’t need anyone else to do it. There’s no need for any gadgets, any tracking devices, motivational videos or apps. You are all you need to change. But you may need accountability, if you want to create lasting change.
Why? You’ve spent years developing habits, beliefs, and actions that can be hard to change. It’s a great idea to ask someone for help right out of the gate. Plus, it’s more fun and often easier to go at it with another person or a group of people.
There’s a phenomenon in psychology known as the Social Facilitation Effect. It’s the notion that performance is improved because of the sheer presence of others. We consciously, and unconsciously, do better or go harder when other people are watching. I mean just look at crossfit as one example. It is so widely popular because of the community aspect, the relationships, and the results!
Write Down Your Goals
Another form of accountability is setting goals, and specifically, physically writing down goals. A goal setting study at the Dominican University in California showed that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals if they simply write them down.
Writing down your goals gives you focus and clarity on the task at hand. The process helps you to think and strategize. It helps you consider all of the options and possibilities, to lean on others for help. Goals are like little accountability partners themselves. They help to give a little boost in taking action. So they can also be exactly what you need to succeed.
You can find accountability from so many people in your life. Try a friend, a family member, a coach, or a professional. Sometimes, it may be better to look for someone outside of your inner circle. This way you can avoid any kind of bias or emotional interference.
Like I said before, you don’t need mentorship or coaching forever. You have all the tools you need to change right inside your head. But it can be a good idea when you are first starting out to seek help. What you can do and should do, regardless of the help you may get from someone else, is to set some goals, write them down, and start taking action!
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